Lake Eyre's kaleidoscope of colour

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February 2012

 

Over the last four years Lake Eyre has transformed from a vast white salt pan into a thriving oasis, teeming with technicolour tones...

From the moment Peter soared over a filling Lake Eyre in 2009, he was hooked on this outback phenomenon.

Like a wasp hovering over the lake, he hung out the side of the helicopter, photographing the dreamlike scene.

"At that stage the water was only just entering the Lake Eyre basin for the first time, and it was fanning out, an incredible sort of mirrored, almost like mercury, effect.

"Sunbeams were streaking through the clouds, reflecting off the water, the whole thing just didn't look at all real."

With the scene surged a desert awe which was sparked during Peter's childhood.

He had grown up with a photojournalist father who had done aerial photography of the Middle East during the Second World War.

"I had seen little black and white pictures of the desert from a very young age, and I think it instilled a certain awareness of the desert being an abstract and very unique environment."

Now a professional photographer himself, Peter's memories were invigorated by Paul Lockyer's ABC reporting of the water entering the Lake Eyre basin for the first time in several decades.

"Passionate about the way he was reporting, it instilled a deep memory of all my father's photos, that was it, I was off.

"It's not only a beautiful place, but a unique event in Australia's history."

However, capturing the Lake Eyre essence was no easy feat.

"You do anything and everything within your means; take the door off the helicopter, harness yourself in, hang out the side."

"You're always doing 100 miles an hour, you've g